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The full BISAC subject code is available free of charge to all member companies. If you a non-member company, please click on the link below that best represents your book-related revenue category:


Non-Member Level A (under $1 million annual revenues), $295

Non-Member Level B ($1-$5 million), $395

Non-Member Level C ($5-$10 million), $595

Non-Member Level D ($10-$50 million), $895

Non-Member Level E (over $50 million), $1,195


About BISAC 

BISAC is a standard used throughout the book industry supply chain to categorize books based on topical content. The BISAC Subject Headings List, also known as the BISAC Subject Codes List, is used to standardize the electronic transfer of subject information between trading partners. BISAC Subject Headings can determine where books are shelved in a brick and mortar store or the genre(s) under which they can be searched for in an internal database.

A download of the full code list also includes maps of:

BISAC to Thema*


BISAC Subject Headings describe the topical content of a book and do not cover non-content-oriented ways of grouping titles (such as "gift books"). Other fields in metadata communications formats (language, audience, age range, grade range, format / binding / packaging, supplementary format / binding / packaging, merchandising themes) are used to describe a book in ways not covered by the Subject Headings list. Since Merchandising Themes are closely related to Subject Headings, the Themes and codes used in this field are included at the end of the Subject Headings package (along with usage instructions).


*Please note: The map from the 2019 BISAC update to Thema is not yet ready. An announcement will be made with when the BISAC to Thema map is available. If you purchase the BISAC 2019 edition now, you will receive the map without charge when it is available.



The complete BISAC Subject Headings list is available free online for anyone who wants to look up codes on a book-by-book basis. This option is most appropriate for smaller publishers and independent authors who do not need regular access to the full list.


Database access (purchased on this web page) offers an end-user license that allows companies to incorporate BISAC into internal databases and systems. The license is FREE to BISG members. Non-member pricing is based on annual company revenue, as shown in the table above. Fees support BISG's costs for annual maintenance of the BISAC standard.


Database access includes the full BISAC Subject Headings lists in downloadable Word, Excel, and PDF formats; BIC-to-BISAC, BISAC-to-Thema mappings; and End User License Agreement.



To assist BISAC users who buy and sell internationally, BISG created a BISAC to Thema mapping and a BIC to BISAC mapping (included). Thema is the unified international standard for subject classification, intended to limit the need to map to multiple subject category schemes when buying and selling books across multiple geographic territories. The BISAC to Thema and BIC to BISAC mappings are included with the purchase of a BISAC license.


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